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Tuesday, 16 July, 2002, 12:06 GMT 13:06 UK
Cunningham seals Blues deal
Kenny Cunningham
Cunningham looks destined for Premiership return
Premiership newcomers Birmingham City have completed the signing of Wimbledon defender Kenny Cunningham.

Cunningham has signed a four-year deal with the Midlands club and was unveiled at a news conference on Tuesday.


It was an opportunity that was too good to turn down
Kenny Cunningham

Both clubs are keeping the fee under wraps but the 31-year-old is likely to cost the Blues 3.5m in wages and signing-on fee.

Cunningham said the prospect of playing Premiership football had persuaded him to move to St Andrews.

"I am very pleased to be signing for Birmingham because it is a very unexpected opportunity for me," Cunningham told Birmingham's official website.

"After the World Cup I was looking forward to starting the season with Wimbledon but things happen very quicky in football.

"There were a number of reasons for my move but the main one was the attraction of Premiership football.

"It was an opportunity that was too good to turn down."

Birmingham are back in the top flight for the first time in 19 years, and are giving manager Steve Bruce the financial backing to try and stay in the Premiership.

Bruce has already signed Leicester midfielder Robbie Savage for 2.5m and Senegal international Aliou Cisse from Paris St Germain for 4.5m.

Birmingham are still trying to finalise a deal to sign Polish international striker Emmanuel Olisadebe for 3.8m from Greek club Panathinaikos.

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